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Rendition (2007)

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After a terrorist bombing kills an American envoy in a foreign country, an investigation leads to an Egyptian who has been living in the United States for years and who is married to an ... See full summary »

Director:

Gavin Hood

Writer:

Kelley Sane
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Douglas Freeman
Reese Witherspoon ... Isabella Fields El-Ibrahimi
Meryl Streep ... Corrine Whitman
Alan Arkin ... Senator Hawkins
Peter Sarsgaard ... Alan Smith
Omar Metwally ... Anwar El-Ibrahimi
Igal Naor ... Abasi Fawal
Hadar Ratzon Rotem ... Safiya (as Hadar Ratzon)
J.K. Simmons ... Lee Mayer
Simon Abkarian ... Said Abdel Aziz
Moa Khouas Moa Khouas ... Khalid El-Emin
Zineb Oukach Zineb Oukach ... Fatima Fawal
Aramis Knight ... Jeremy El-Ibrahimi
Rosie Malek-Yonan ... Nuru El-Ibrahimi
Laila Mrabti Laila Mrabti ... Lina Fawal
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Storyline

After a terrorist bombing kills an American envoy in a foreign country, an investigation leads to an Egyptian who has been living in the United States for years and who is married to an American. He is apprehended when he's on his way home. The U.S. sends him to the country where the incident occurs for interrogation, which includes torture. An American C.I.A. operative observes the interrogation and is at odds whether to keep it going or to stop it. In the meantime, the man's wife raises hell to find him, but the person behind this refuses to help or give her any information. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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What if someone you love...just disappeared? See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for torture/violence and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Warner Bros. [Germany]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

19 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Détention secrète See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,060,012, 21 October 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,736,045, 15 November 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,038,732
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Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Peter Sarsgaard is married to Jake Gyllenhaal's sister Maggie. See more »

Goofs

In the initial interrogation where Anwar is being questioned by Lee Mayer, the right side of Anwar's shirt collar shifts from being on top of the lapel of his sport coat to underneath it, and back, several times. See more »

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Douglas Freeman: In all the years you've been doing this, how often can you say that we've produced truly legitimate intelligence? Once? Twice? Ten times? Give me a statistic; give me a number. Give me a pie chart, I love pie charts. Anything, anything that outweighs the fact that if you torture one person you create ten, a hundred, a thousand new enemies.
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Nous-Nous
Written by Paul Hepker and Mark Kilian
Performed by Paw?Lee & Sparks featuring Abdallha El Allouhi and Mustapha Serrage
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Masterful and Topical
17 October 2007 | by corrosion-2See all my reviews

Rendition presents a very topical matter in the form of a very tense thriller. It's a gripping, and not a preaching, movie. Seeing it in an Arab country with a mixture of Arabian and European audience gave it an extra level of atmosphere. The audience was totally gripped by the film and gave it a loud applause afterwards. The story of an Egyptian, married to an American, picked up on the suspicion of links to terrorist organizations and shipped to a friendly (with US) Arab country for "enhanced interrogation (as Meryl Streep's character states in the film: "we have no torture in the US") seems to be from the front page of todays news. There is a very neat link between the various characters which appear in the movie and the pace of the film never drops. The movies'message seems to be (as stated by Jake Gyllenhal's character in the film) that by abducting and torturing suspects you create many more terrorists. The acting is uniformly excellent with Streep and Reese Witherspoon the stand outs. Not to be missed.


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